Rocket hits Kabul presidential palace, no one hurt

KABUL: A rocket struck the presidential palace in Kabul and a second hit the Afghan capital’s police headquarters on Tuesday, just two days before the presidential election, a police source said. No one was hurt.

The first rocket caused some damage inside the heavily fortified palace compound in the city centre. The second hit the main police headquarters nearby.

Militants have vowed to disrupt Thursday’s election and have already fired rockets at the capital twice this month.

Such attacks have been rare in recent years.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in a message sent to Reuters on a mobile phone, claimed the fighters had fired four rockets at the capital. He gave no further details.

On Saturday, militants launched the biggest attack in Kabul since February, when a suicide car bomber struck the headquarters of western troops, killing seven Afghans and wounding scores.

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